Category: Of Course

Mike Deasy’s racing column.

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The Sun betting on new racing venture

These scribblings noted recently that The Sun has been active in the past few weeks in race sponsorship under the handle of Sun Racing, and it continues to be the case that barely a...

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Facing up to realities

If 2018 was a year when bookmakers received a bloody nose from the maximum stake for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals slashed from £100 to £2, this year they are unlikely to fare any better....

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Times not changing for the better

How ironic that The Times should devote close to a half a page in its news pages to report that its racing editor, Rob Wright, was the country’s leading tipster, just as reports were...

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It shouldn’t be difficult to watch away racing

It’s still a cause of annoyance how difficult it can be to watch away meetings at a racecourse. Newbury’s Challow Hurdle fixture is a case in point, with the Berkshire track’s racecard carrying the...

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BHA fluffs its lines in whip debtate

These scribblings have already commented on the call by The Times sports writer Matthew Syed for racing to ban the whip. They can be encapsulated as sensationalist and ill-informed. Sadly, the BHA’s reaction was...

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Whipping up a storm in racing

I don’t like being angered by someone who opposes the use of the whip in racing. It’s an emotive issue and a dislike of its use is a perfectly reasonable view to hold. Albeit...

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TV advertising: bookmakers see the writing on the wall

The agreement by bookmakers to introduce a voluntary “whistle-to-whistle” ban on television advertising during live sports events, with the exception of racing, is both welcome and beneficial to the betting industry. Bookmakers have seen...

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BHA has to issue another apology

Another week, another apology from the BHA. This time they had to tell Irish trainer Gavin Cromwell that his horse Earl of Bannacurry could not run at Wolverhampton  where it was the likely favourite...